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Bad News For GOP In KY: Frequent ER Users Being Directed To Proper Med Facilities-Saving State $$$

More bad news for the GOP propaganda machine: not only have a lot of folks signed up for Obamacare. Now they are directing frequent ER users to the proper medical facilities and saving the state money....

Kentucky uses health network to divert 'frequent fliers' from ERs
By Dibya Sarkar
Apr 22, 2014

Like many states, Kentucky has been grappling with a disproportionate level of spending used to provide care to a tiny group of patients — the 1 percent or so who overuse hospital emergency rooms. Last year, state officials decided to do something about it.

Under a directive from Gov. Steve Beshear, the state launched an initiative with its Medicaid program to provide coordinated care for these “super-utilizer” patients -- also known as “frequent fliers--with the help of its secure electronic network.

Super-utilizers have long been a concern in Kentucky and elsewhere, but officials said they haven’t been able to effectively address their complex physical, behavioral and social needs so far. Dr. John Langefeld, chief medical officer for the Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services, said technology from data analytics to geomapping to communication is now helping officials connect super-utilizers with the right care.

“And we do think that’s what will create the difference moving forward from what we historically have experienced in a much more fragmented system,” he said.


Professor: Republicans are ‘Racist, Misogynist, Money-Grubbing’ If GOP Wins Universities Will Close

BY: Washington Free Beacon Staff
April 22, 2014 11:03 am

Brent Terry, a professor at Eastern Connecticut State University was caught on audio telling his Introduction to Creative Writing class that Republicans will close colleges if they prevail in 2014 and that they are “racist, misogynist, money-grubbing people” who want to suppress the liberal vote.

Campus Reform reports:

In a four-minute recording of a classroom lecture obtained by Campus Reform, Professor Brent Terry is heard strongly suggesting that conservatives are greedy racists who want to suppress the vote of anyone who might vote liberal:

“…racist, misogynist, money-grubbing people have so much power over the rest of us. And want things to go back—not to 1955, but to 1855,” Terry said to his Introduction to Creative Writing class Monday morning.

“There are a lot of people out there that do not want black people to vote, do not want Latinos to vote. Do not want old people to vote, or young people to vote. Because generally, people like you are liberal.”

The audio, captured by a current student who wishes to remain anonymous, also claims that if Republicans win the senate in 2014, colleges will start “closing up.”

“It’s absolutely possible that the Republicans will take over the Senate as well as the House. And we will live in a very, very, very different kind of country if that happens. I mean, colleges will start closing up if they, if these people have their way.”

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Ginni Thomas's Favorite Conservative Non-Profit's Tax-Exempt Status Revoked

Conservative Non-Profit's Tax-Exempt Status Revoked
The Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty was notified in December that their tax-exempt status was revoked for engaging in prohibited activity.
By karoli April 22, 2014 5:30 am

When Ginni Thomas folded up her Liberty Central tent to become a lobbyist and link baiter for Tucker Carlson, she handed the reins over to Gary Aldrich at the Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty.


USAToday reports that the IRS revoked their tax-exempt status late last year. the revocation letter is here. http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-wd/1416011.pdf The IRS ruling states that says "the organization has shown a pattern of deliberate and consistent intervention in political campaigns in violation of section 501(c)(3)..."


Ginni Thomas handed Liberty Central over to the Patrick Henry Center after the 2010 midterms, saying she felt it would be best to form an alliance with Aldrich. She promised to remain engaged with the Patrick Henry Center while bouncing off to start her for-profit lobbying firm.

And engaged she stayed. In addition to Thomas' involvement, former disgraced attorney general Edwin Meese III is the Chairman of the Board. The advisory board for the Patrick Henry Center reads like a Who's Who of Reagan-era conservatives who now run the conservative wing of the Republican party. They're also all part of the Fox News Commentator Cabal. Here's the hit parade:

Mark Levin - Conservative radio host who called President Obama a serial liar on his radio show. Just before the 2012 elections, Levin called for listeners "with friends who hate Obama" to call those friends and get them out to vote.

Ron Robinson - Head of the Young America's Foundation (The Reagan youth effort) and former director of Citizens United.

Lt. Col. Oliver L. North - I'm sure I don't have to remind anyone about who he is. But if there's doubt, it was Ollie North who was flogging Benghaaaaazzzzi just before the election.


The average U.S. CEO is paid 331 times as much as their average employee.

way more:

Role Reversal

“Not a Single Republican Has Mentioned Earth Day in Congress Since 2010.”

* Headline from National Journal says it all: “Not a Single Republican Has Mentioned Earth Day in Congress Since 2010.”

For years, mentions of Earth Day have sprung up each April from members of both parties. In April 2010, Democrats spoke of Earth Day over 150 times, mostly in commemoration of its 40th anniversary. But no Republican has uttered the words "Earth Day" on the House or Senate floor since 2010.

The last to do so was Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, in support of expanding nuclear-power generation. "Forty years ago, at the time of the first Earth Day, Americans became deeply worried about air and water pollution and a population explosion that threatened to overrun the planet's resources," reads Alexander's speech. "Nuclear power was seen as a savior to these environmental dilemmas." Eight months later, the meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in densely populated, nuclear-dependent Japan would set off a new wave of environmental dilemmas.

More (great graphic):

John Lennon and Yoko Ono on LOVE


NYT: The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World’s Richest

The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World’s Richest
APRIL 22, 2014

The American middle class, long the most affluent in the world, has lost that distinction.

While the wealthiest Americans are outpacing many of their global peers, a New York Times analysis shows that across the lower- and middle-income tiers, citizens of other advanced countries have received considerably larger raises over the last three decades.

After-tax middle-class incomes in Canada — substantially behind in 2000 — now appear to be higher than in the United States. The poor in much of Europe earn more than poor Americans.

The numbers, based on surveys conducted over the past 35 years, offer some of the most detailed publicly available comparisons for different income groups in different countries over time. They suggest that most American families are paying a steep price for high and rising income inequality.

the rest:



I-Team: Bundy's 'ancestral rights' come under scrutiny (It seems that his claims are all lies)

I-Team: Bundy's 'ancestral rights' come under scrutiny

One of our local news stations, the local CBS affiliate, is known for it's investigative journalism and has won many awards for it. So they decided to check out everyone's favorite traitor and his claims, and what they found was interesting.... It seems that all of his claims are apparently lies. He claims that his family has been using the land since the 1870s, from which his erroneous claims derive. His family actually bought the ranch in 1948, provably, and didn't get cattle until the 1950s. And they bought the water rights to their own property but no grazing rights to the Federal land. Imagine that. And kudos to channel 8, KLAS tv, for doing some good journalism. So good to see these days. I wonder if this will finally make the derps squatting in my state fantasizing about violence finally slink homeward?

Posted: Apr 21, 2014 2:25 PM PDT
Updated: Apr 21, 2014 5:56 PM PDT
By Nathan Baca, Investigative Reporter


"I've lived my lifetime here. My forefathers have been up and down the Virgin Valley here ever since 1877. All these rights that I claim, have been created through pre-emptive rights and beneficial use of the forage and the water and the access and range improvements," Bundy said.

Clark County property records show Cliven Bundy's parents moved from Bundyville, Arizona and bought the 160 acre ranch in 1948 from Raoul and Ruth Leavitt.

Water rights were transferred too, but only to the ranch, not the federally managed land surrounding it. Court records show Bundy family cattle didn't start grazing on that land until 1954.

The Bureau of Land Management was created 1946, the same year Cliven was born.



An abbreviated look at rancher Cliven Bundy's family history
Posted: Apr 21, 2014 3:36 PM PDT
Updated: Apr 21, 2014 6:47 PM PDT


I had written a reporter at KLAS -8newsnow
questioning why the station wasn't doing more to expose Bundy's lies and my concern about the militias. We shared several emails, this was his last one.
For his safety, I omitted his name and initials.

From: (reporter)
Sent: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 12:31 PM
To: Me
Subject: Re: need info

I got to work today and talked to my bosses, and I think the misinformation has reached the point where we have no choice but to respond to it. In one sense, we don't like doing this because it encourages more crapola. If the nutballs know that they can get TV time by creating false rumors on the internet, it is an invitation to trouble for my profession. That said, there are exceptions to every rule, and in this instance, we have reached a tipping point where the misinformation being spread has overwhelmed the facts.

In other words, you were right from the beginning, and we are going to jump into this with both feet over the next few days, but without trying to further enrage the heavily armed fringe groups for whom no amount of factual info will make one bit of difference.
It's a fine line.

Thanks for reaching out to me

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